CORVALLIS, Ore. — Instead of spending their one year anniversary celebrating, Shane Potter spent the day Saturday at the side of his girlfriend Jessica Neffendorf’s hospital bed. “She’s just dealing with everything so well that I mean it gives everyone hope and faith that she’s gonna do alright. She’s been winning at every single surgery she’s doing and it really gives us a good sense of hope and faith that she’s gonna pull through,” said Potter.
Neffendorf received critical injuries in a head on crash just outside of Corvallis Thursday afternoon. “Her light was green, she was going to take a left home to me and the guy just ran a red light,” said Potter.
The Benton County Sheriff’s office says 29 year-old Matthew Cannard was intoxicated when he struck Neffendorf. He received injuries too, but was later released from the hospital and taken to jail. It’s Cannard’s third time facing DUII charges.
Neffendorf’s loved ones said they want this crash to make people think before driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. “Something should’ve been done to where he couldn’t touch a vehicle or to where he was behind bars previously but now that they, that he has been able to you know be on the street his reoccurring behavior reoccurred and now my sunshine is paying that price,” said Potter.
That price is a broken femur and pelvis, punctured lungs, liver gone, bladder torn, and brain injuries.
Potter said it’s going to be a long road to recovery, but he said he’ll continue to be there standing by her side. “She’s always wanting to go after life you know and be successful and you know she’s really motivated me,” said Potter.